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Data Gathering

August 8, 2016 by Scott Palochik

Engineer Looking at Data

 

The first “Best Practices” step to take in planning a new facility is Data Gathering. All of the information gathered here plays a crucial role in the sizing of the new or expanding an existing facility and ultimately establishing a more efficient manufacturing process and layout.

 

In order to get a baseline for current facility and operations that can then be used to properly plan for the future, the following items need to be secured:

 

  • All existing drawings (AutoCAD, Blueprints, etc) of the current AS-IS facility layout. These should have details of all production lines, equipment, workstations, material handling, etc. If none exist, they should be created.
  • A full inventory of all current equipment with machine name along with all dimensions, work space requirements, and all required utilities.
  • Current material handling equipment and any future equipment being planned.
  • All current and future planned product information.
  • Present product flows including routings, process sheets and any process (value) maps/flow charts.
  • Manning levels and capacity by operation or work center.
  • Production standards and historical data and metrics. Most current up to 2 years.
  • Current manufacturing volumes by process or operation.

 

Things to consider while gathering the needed data include:

 

  • Will there be a Lean/Cellular fabrication and what are or will be the assembly build processes
  • Are there sub-assemblies and/or multiple builds
  • What is the current material flow, staging, and storage and are there any special material handling factors
  • Will there be an inclusion of new, more efficient production and material handling equipment
  • Will there be any new automation and operational changes
  • What are the projected changes/additions to products or product families

 

Once this information has been gathered, it should be properly arranged by product or process and tied to position in the existing layout. This will be used to help in establishing current and future space needs. If the baseline is not correct and complete, projecting out future requirements may be difficult or incorrect so accuracy and completeness are a necessity.

 

Equipment List Data

 

Join us next week as we discuss the short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis to be factored in the sizing of the facility.

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Proper Facility Planning and Layout

August 1, 2016 by Scott Palochik

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Overview

There are many things to consider in preparation for expanding or building a new facility such as; What is the size we need not just for today, but for the next 3 to 5 years? How should we accommodate for new products? What type of production layout should we consider?

 

Proper planning is important because it sets the stage for the layout. When expanding or moving/building a new facility the key goals are to:

  • Operate at low cost
  • Accommodate new products
  • Produce varied products
  • Produce potentially high and / or low volume products
  • Produce at a high quality level

 

The key to proper planning is to evaluate your current needs and determine the requirements for your future needs. It makes no sense to go through the expense of expansion or move/build and find you’ve undersized your facility or will outgrow it in only 1-2 years.

 

Over the next several weeks we will cover in more detail the 5 key areas dealing with proper facility planning and layout. These are:

  1. Data Gathering
  2. Short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis
  3. Facility Sizing
  4. Macro Layout
  5. Detailed Layout

 

Join us next week as we discuss the information needed for the analysis of current and future capacity needs and to determine space requirements.

 

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New website is LIVE

July 15, 2016 by Scott Palochik

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WELCOME to the new blog site for Enterprise Systems Partners Inc. (espi)! Our goal is to provide meaningful content and answer your questions and concerns on a weekly basis. espi is engaged on many projects ranging from new/existing facility planning to ERP selection and implementation. We plan to share some “best practices” and industry trends as we see them emerge, as well as project experiences from our current and past clients. Feel free to send questions or topics that you would like us to address and share to SPalochik@ent-sys.com and we will answer via the blog or e-mail.

 

Thank You for taking the time to stop by and we hope you will add us to your scheduled resource reading list. Next week we will start with the topic of Facility Planning.

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Question #4: What is your “As-Is” status?

May 9, 2016 by ESPI

Before you can determine if a new information system is the right path for your organization, you need to assess where you are today. In the systems application industry, this exercise is called an “As-Is” analysis and it will be the cornerstone of your system selection process.

What an “As-Is” analysis should reveal:

  • Who has access and what do they do?
  • What are the workflows and processes?
  • How much time is involved in tasks?
  • What causes delays?
  • What information is actually in the system?
  • Does information exists outside the system on ancillary spreadsheets, databases, books, etc. and why?
  • How does the information get shared?
  • What is the quality of data?
  • How often is this information entered?
  • How is it verified?
  • Where is the data stored?
  • How is it backed up?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the drawbacks?
  • What are the measurements and key performance indicators?

Can this be done internally? Sometimes, but many small to mid-sized companies usually do not have the capacity or skill sets to address what system(s) are right for them. Larger companies usually do have an IT staff but they may be too entrenched with the current processes to review them objectively.

This is often a point when companies will bring in an outside systems application expert who has no vested interest in a particular information system or vendor. They will give you unbiased recommendations based on your needs and criteria, not based on a sales quota. By employing this partner in all initial stages of the evaluation process you can leverage their expertise and knowledge towards the final selection and eventual implementation.

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